Bantam, Jan 2001, 23.95, 208 pp.
Three years ago in Sitka, Alaska, Richard Ewers was found not guilty of the murder of two adults and two children. Many people still believe Richard killed those four people in the infamous Mygirl deaths in which the killer burned the fishing boat to destroy the evidence. Private detective Cecil Younger helped the defense on the case.
Now, Richard's wife Patricia asks Cecil to help again as her spouse is missing along with $50,000. She believes her husband's enemies from that murder case have abducted him. Following the money trail, Cecil realizes he will probably learn what really happened three years ago. However, he never expected to have to go out to sea during a terrible storm just to find the answers.
Award winning John Straley returns with a fabulous Younger tale that shows why the author deserves a much larger following. The story line uses the stark Alaskan landscape as a backdrop to a host of eccentric characters whom readers will adore in a Northern Exposure type of way. The mystery is well designed and entertaining with the action turning wild during the storm. Mr. Straley has written a first rate Alaskan mystery that will bring much pleasure to fans of the sub-genre.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner